Once approved, Big Y to offer free COVID vaccines to customers

Once COVID-19 vaccines are approved and available for distribution, all 33 of Big Y's Pharmacy and Wellness Centers will administer the vaccine to its customers, the supermarket chain announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2. 2020.

Once COVID-19 vaccines are approved and available for distribution, all 33 of Big Y’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centers will administer the vaccine to its customers, the supermarket chain announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2. 2020.

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Once COVID-19 vaccines are approved and available for distribution, all 33 of Big Y’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centers will administer the vaccine to its customers, the supermarket chain announced Wednesday.

“We are proud to partner with the United States government in order to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to our customers,” Charles L. D’Amour, company president and CEO, said in a statement.

“When a vaccine is available, our pharmacy teams will be ready to administer them as per CDC guidelines.”

Big Y’s pharmacy team already provides seasonal flu and other routine vaccines. The team will participate in additional training on administering the COVID vaccine and how to educate patients about the process, D’Amour said.

The partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Big Y is being established in anticipation that at least one COVID-19 vaccine will be authorized and approved for use in the U.S.

“This initiative by the HHS with pharmacies across the United States is part of the federal pharmacy program aimed to further increase access to the vaccines,” the Big Y statement said.

“The partnership has deemed pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns in retail and grocery stores as being crucial public health partners for increasing access and convenience of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Last month, Stop & Shop announced its stores will be among the first pharmacies in the nation to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, once one is authorized or approved for use in the United States.

Stop & Shop said the vaccines, which will be free to customers, will be offered at more than 250 pharmacy locations across the Northeast through the chain’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.